Recovering from Religion

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Recovering from Religion

Unless you were raised by atheist parents, you probably had some recovering to do when you left religion. The purpose of RR is to provide a landing place for people when they jump from religion. With local support groups throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, and real-time resources accessible to everyone, RR is where to turn when faith has lost its luster.

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In what way are you still recovering from being brought up religious?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Richard C Brown Aug 30. 57 Replies

I was brought up in a fundamentalist family.Anyone still dealing with any issues from religion?Do you fear the result of coming out Atheist to your family?Any thoughts are welcome.Continue

Catholic Family / Atheist Wedding - HELP

Started by Megan. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 31. 4 Replies

Any one else out there still recovering from Catholic guilt??I come from an extremely Catholic family/upbringing. In 6 days I will be the first person in my entire extended family not to marry a Catholic in a Catholic Church.My biggest source of…Continue

Anyone still deal with anything like this?

Started by Starland Victor Seay. Last reply by Matt Skaggs Aug 26, 2013. 27 Replies

One thing I have noticed is a tendency to "doubt" my new path in life. I still want to reach for the Bible sometimes. I still hesitate somewhat when someone mentions Pascal's "Wager"...LOL! Even though I know that science teaches this and that no…Continue

"Thief in the Night"

Started by cbenhamcox. Last reply by Luara Aug 18, 2013. 2 Replies

Last night I was reading Seth Andrew's book, Deconverted, and I almost fell out of my chair when he discussed being forced to watch the end times film from the 1970's call "A Thief in the Night."  He described some of the scenes, and I had a…Continue

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Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 21, 2010 at 5:18pm
That makes sense to me, Edward.

Control through religion is certainly one of the most disturbing aspects of religion to me.
Concerning myself with the physical world seems to gain me the most ground while working toward understanding myself and my surroundings.
I have enough sense to include myself with the people not to trust. I do work toward improving my instincts and tuning my direction. I find this very helpful, and respecting other people's position.

I like what you say about exploration. Religion, sometimes seems to be a dead end.
Comment by Carl on June 21, 2010 at 5:03pm
I think the root of spirituality is a useful tool. The concept of God as a thought experiment has many uses in philosophy and the scientific process.
The problem begins when a religion is founded and the thought experiment is turned into a system of control instead of exploration.
I try to maintain my own sense of spirituality without adding any definitions on it. It makes me constantly acknowledge my ignorance and need for learning. My primary principle is: trust facts, not people.
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 21, 2010 at 5:01pm
Fred, I understand your feelings on Buddhism. Hope you find something that works for you. I'm sure there is something out there for you.

Thanks for the link!
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 21, 2010 at 4:44pm
Fred, I highly suggest doing some reading on Buddhism. You may like what you read. You aren't expected to swallow anything. It is important when reading to focus on what the Buddha taught.
Comment by Mriana on June 21, 2010 at 3:45pm
Fred Werther,

Have you looked into humanism, pantheism, and naturalism? Humanism and naturalism are atheistic/non-theistic. Pantheism is Greek for God is all, but in this case, nature is god- www.pantheism.net Those are about the only three that might fit what you are trying say, but none of them are a religion per se.
Comment by joeyess on June 21, 2010 at 1:09pm
So I wish there would exist something in between.

You know the old saying: wish in one hand, shit in the other, which one gets fuller faster?
Comment by Shelby Fisher on June 17, 2010 at 12:31am
I'm so glad you felt encouraged, Amy. It can be lonely, we're lucky to have the internet, I think.
Comment by joeyess on June 16, 2010 at 7:30am
you're welcome, Amy. Good conversation doesn't have to be about belief or non-belief. Just as long as it's intelligent and lively. You're welcome to join in anytime. You can also find me on facebook ranting away all to my lonesome self and the 196 poor bastards that were unaware enough that day to click "accept"! ;^)
Comment by Amy on June 16, 2010 at 5:59am
Joeyess and Shelby, I'm encouraged by your conversation. I also enjoyed spending the start of my day listening to Tim Minchin :) I don't yet have a strong network of unbelievers, and often get lonely for it. I feel a little bit more connected by "listening in" on your thoughtful discussion. Thanks.
Comment by joeyess on June 16, 2010 at 12:01am
ha ha ha ha......
 

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